Apple rules more than half of all American households

Apple Inc., today, reached a new milestone when it was revealed that more than half of all U.S. households own at least one gadget made by the fruit-flavored company. That means, according to CNBC’s polling information, some 55 million American homes own an iOS device or a Mac computer — yielding an average of 1.6 Apple devices per house.

 

CNBC’s post went on to detail a few other facts that will not surprise you: Apple customers tend to be educated and younger. Also, the more money you make, the more likely you are to own Apple products.

EXCLUSIVE: Member of Apple’s BOD and former U.S Vice President, Al Gore confirms “new iPhones” for October

We’ve had numerous reports suggesting new iPhone / iPhones coming out of Cupertino next month but none as conclusive as this. Former United States Vice President and current member of Apple’s Board of Directors, Al Gore, speaking at a conference today at Discovery Invest Leadership Summit, supported the on-going rumors by saying “the new iPhones would be out next month.

So now that we’ve got a sort of an official confirmation, lets dig a little deeper into the situation. Firstly, he said new “iPhones” will be coming in October which means there will be more than 1 variation of Apple’s hugely popular smartphone. This sits very well with the various reports that stated that there will be 2 different iPhone variants — one a low-end device which will be exactly like the iPhone 4, albeit with an improved 8 megapixel camera and an A5 processor called the iPhone 4S; and the other being a high-end device featuring a host of additional features over the current iPhone, including changes in hardware design as well with the home screen button being a bit more wider and shorter than the iPhone 4’s. This high-end device will be called the iPhone 5.

Now despite confirming “new iPhones” for October, Al Gore didn’t specifically mention the ‘October 4’ date which many people are speculating to be the day Apple holds a media event to unveil the new iPhones along with iCloud, iOS 5, and possibly a new-look iPod Touch and iPod Nano devices. And while there are many conflicting reports regarding the release date, if the October 4th projection holds any credibility, then the release usually follows around seven days later which will be October 11.

Also, it is not expected that the iPhone 5 will be 4G-LTE capable; well, at least not in the Western World, however, as carriers begin to pick up the pace and cater for the data connectivity of tomorrow, this is certainly something we could see in the iPhone 6, which you would hope will be released in the latter segment of 2012.

So now that things are beginning to fall into place, i’d like to conclude by leaving you with something to ponder over: While this may all sound good and comforting, Al Gore’s comments may just be a strategic ploy after all to keep Apple firmly atop the news. But then again, we can’t expect a former government official to bluff, can we? I’m afraid only time will tell.

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Source  TheNextWeb

AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint to bring Samsung Galaxy S II to the U.S this fall

The world’s thinnest 4G smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S II, is headed to the U.S this fall (finally) and will be available via major carriers AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint (NO Verizon).

Samsung’s major iPhone-competitor has been a super hit in Korea and Europe, roping in millions already for the Japanese smartphone-maker. The S II’s specs, coupled with its success elsewhere, ignited a real desire in all of America to get their hands on this thin smart-machine. And now, finally, their wish will come true.

In case you don’t know (seriously?), S II is Samsung’s latest iPhone-competing Android offering that’s on the brink of becoming the greatest smartphone ever. Sporting a 1.2 GHz ARM Cortex-A9 processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, an 8-megapixel camera with flash capable of recording 1080p video and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera, the S II is capable of outputting fully uncompressed 1080p video via HDMI. For more information, visit this page. For S II’s comparison with iPhone 4, check out this page. Want more? Check these two pages also: 1 | 2

P.S. Notice the slight differences in the design of the device for each carrier? Which one would you go for?

Report: Apple Inc. is now richer than Uncle Sam!

In an astounding piece of news coming in from Financial Times this morning, the world’s largest tech company (Apple) is now richer than the world’s largest democratic government (U.S Government).

The fruit flavored company from Cupertino, which boasts of producing hugely popular products such as iPhones, iPads, iPods, Macs, etc, along with widely recommended softwares such as iOS and Mac OS, has cash reserves of $75.876 billion as of this month — over 2 million more than the U.S government who recorded an operating balance of only $73.786 billion.

From Financial Times:

Steve Jobs is now more liquid than Uncle Sam.

While it’s highly unlikely that President Barack Obama is looking to ask the founder and chief executive of Apple Inc. for a loan, it became a fact as of Thursday afternoon — the world’s largest technology company now has more cash on hand than the most powerful democracy on Earth has spending room.

As Republicans and Democrats continue to work towards a compromise to the country’s debt ceiling crisis, the U.S. Treasury Department said on Thursday that Washington now has a total operating balance of only US$73.768-billion.

Meanwhile, Apple currently boasts a cash reserve of US$75.876-billion, as of its most recent quarterly earnings report at the end of June.

One cannot, of course, directly compare the two figures but you can still can get a very clear idea of just how profitable Apple has become since returning to profitability in the years after 1998 with the introduction of the iMac. And with a current capital cap of $363 billion, Apple is now the second largest company in the world, behind multinational oil and gas corporation Exxon Mobil.

Osama Bin Laden is DEAD. We believe NOT.

Al-Qaeda mastermind, and the man behind the 9/11 terror attacks in the U.S., Osama Bin Laden has been killed by U.S. covert forces in Pakistan, claims the U.S. media. The news was confirmed by none other than U.S. president Barack Obama. But, is it really so?

An administration officer said that Bin Laden has been killed and his body buried in the sea.

“We are ensuring that it is handled in accordance with Islamic practice and tradition.”

“This is something that we take very seriously. And so therefore this is being handled in an appropriate manner.”

But how do we know for sure? The officials refused to give any more information, further strengthening our doubts.

Osama Bin Laden is DEAD. We believe NOT.

Yes Obama himself said that Bin Laden is dead now. But, we need proof. He is still human and still struggling to impress the U.S. citizens and prove them that he is the right man to lead the country so, obviously, a lie like this can do wonders for him and can make him an instant favorite among the Americans to continue his reign.

1. THIS COULD BE A LIE BECAUSE elections are coming up shortly. Obama needs to appear as a ‘hero’ to win the elections again.

2. THIS COULD BE A LIE BECAUSE… say hello to petrol price hike!

3. THIS COULD BE A LIE BECAUSE Bin Laden is anyway missing since a long time, so why not announce him dead?

4. THIS COULD BE A LIE BECAUSE Obama wants Osama to come out and declare he’s alive. They want another visual clip from Osama to hope to track him down.

Whatever it is, we certainly don’t buy this ‘Osama Bin Laden is dead’ claim. Do you?

The all new MacBook Pro Core i7

MacBook Pro Core i7

Apple has finally released it new Macbook Pro. Below are its specs

Size and weight

Height:
0.95 inch (2.41 cm)
Width:
14.35 inches (36.4 cm)
Depth:
9.82 inches (24.9 cm)
Weight:
5.6 pounds (2.54 kg)1

15-inch MacBook Pro with dimensions.

Connections and expansion

Connections and Expansion on the 15-inch MacBook ProView larger

  • MagSafe power port
  • Gigabit Ethernet port
  • One FireWire 800 port (up to 800 Mbps)
  • Mini DisplayPort
  • Two USB 2.0 ports (up to 480 Mbps)
  • SD card slot
  • Audio line in
  • Audio line out
  • Kensington lock slot

Communications

802.11n

  • AirPort Extreme Wi-Fi wireless networking2 (based on IEEE 802.11n specification); IEEE 802.11a/b/g compatible
  • Bluetooth

  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR (Enhanced Data Rate) wireless technology
  • 10/100/1000BASE-T Gigabit Ethernet (RJ-45 connector)

Audio

  • Stereo speakers with subwoofers
  • Omnidirectional microphone (located under left speaker grille)
  • Audio line in minijack (digital/analog)
  • Audio line out/headphone minijack (digital/analog)
  • Support for Apple iPhone headset with microphone

Environmental Status Report

MacBook Pro is designed with the following features to reduce its environmental impact:

  • Highly recyclable aluminum and glass enclosure
  • Mercury-free LED-backlit display
  • Arsenic-free display glass
  • BFR-free
  • PVC-free3
  • Reduced packaging volume
  • Meets ENERGY STAR Version 5.0 requirements
  • Rated EPEAT Gold4

Display

15-inch MacBook Pro showing display.

  • 15.4-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit glossy widescreen display with support for millions of colors
  • Supported resolutions: 1440 by 900 (native), 1280 by 800, 1152 by 720, 1024 by 640, and 800 by 500 pixels at 16:10 aspect ratio; 1024 by 768, 800 by 600, and 640 by 480 pixels at 4:3 aspect ratio; 1024 by 768, 800 by 600, and 640 by 480 pixels at 4:3 aspect ratio stretched; 720 by 480 pixels at 3:2 aspect ratio; 720 by 480 pixels at 3:2 aspect ratio stretched
  • Optional 15.4-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit widescreen display with 1680 by 1050 pixels (glossy or antiglare)

Graphics and video support

NVIDIA GeForce 330M GT

  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M graphics processor with 256MB of GDDR3 memory on 2.4GHz and 2.53GHz configurations; or 512MB of GDDR3 memory on 2.66GHz configuration
  • Intel HD Graphics with 256MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory5
  • Automatic graphics switching
  • Dual display and video mirroring: Simultaneously supports full native resolution on the built-in display and up to 2560 by 1600 pixels on an external display, both at millions of colors
  • iSightiSight camera
  • Mini DisplayPort

Pure digital video output

DVI output using Mini DisplayPort to DVI Adapter (optional)

VGA output using Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter (optional)

Dual-link DVI output using Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter supports 30-inch Apple Cinema HD Display (optional)

HDMI output using Mini DisplayPort to HDMI Adapter (optional)

Input

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  • Full-size backlit keyboard with 78 (U.S.) or 79 (ISO) keys, including 12 function keys and 4 arrow keys (inverted “T” arrangement)
  • Multi-Touch trackpad for precise cursor control; supports inertial scrolling, pinch, rotate, swipe, three-finger swipe, four-finger swipe, tap, double-tap, and drag capabilities

Processor and memory

intel Core i7

  • 2.4GHz or 2.53GHz Intel Core i5 processor with 3MB shared L3 cache; or 2.66GHz Intel Core i7 processor with 4MB shared L3 cache
  • 4GB (two 2GB SO-DIMMs) of 1066MHz DDR3 memory; two SO-DIMM slots support up to 8GB

15-inch MacBook Pro configurations

Storage

Storage

  • 320GB or 500GB 5400-rpm Serial ATA hard drive; optional 500GB 7200-rpm hard drive, or 128GB, 256GB, or 512GB solid-state drive6
  • 8x slot-loading SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
  • Maximum write: 8x DVD-R, DVD+R; 4x DVD-R DL (double layer), DVD+R DL (double layer), DVD-RW, DVD+RW; 24x CD-R; 10x CD-RW
  • Maximum read: 8x DVD-R, DVD+R, DVD-ROM; 6x DVD-ROM (double layer DVD-9), DVD-R DL (double layer), DVD+R DL (double layer), DVD-RW, DVD+RW; 24x CD

slot-loading SuperDrive

Battery and power7

Up to 9 hours of wireless productivity.

  • Built-in 77.5-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery
  • 85W MagSafe Power Adapter with cable management system
  • MagSafe power port

Electrical and operating requirements

  • Line voltage: 100V to 240V AC
  • Frequency: 50Hz to 60Hz
  • Operating temperature: 50° to 95° F
    (10° to 35° C)
  • Storage temperature: -13° to 113° F
    (-24° to 45° C)
  • Relative humidity: 0% to 90% noncondensing
  • Maximum operating altitude: 10,000 feet
  • Maximum storage altitude: 15,000 feet
  • Maximum shipping altitude: 35,000 feet

Credits: Apple